Team Swann Returns Fire
After AUSA Glenn Kirchner’s lengthy opening statement on May 17, the defense team took over and in succession delivered passionate and relatively tight rebuttals to the prosecutor’s summary of the many allegations of tampering and cover up.
We heard repeatedly that neither Price, Ward or Zaborsky had any motive to hurt Robert, hide his killer’s identity or aid in a cover up in any way, and that they helped the police.
The defense team spoke about their clients’ long friendships with Robert and Kathy Wone, their spotless records, the heavy-handed tactics of the MPD and subsequent failure to fully investigate the murder of their friend and how the physical evidence was cooked up by the government to fit their “fantastic” theory.
Grimm: “Mr. Price, Your Honor, wanted to get to the bottom of who murdered his friend, Robert Wone. He did nothing to stop the police. All he did was tried [sic] to aid the police. It’s unfortunate that the police got the facts skewed early on and never — and just never retreated from that.”
Schertler: “They accuse — the detective these three men, each of them, of being involved in the murder or Robert Wone. They accuse them of things like trying to gay him up. They accuse them — they tell them that they are going to jail and that a gay man won’t be able to survive in the D.C. jail. The police lie to them and tell each of them that the others are in the process of confessing, so you might as well confess too.”
Connolly: “Mr. Kirschner made a point about the towel and applying pressure. Again, Mr. Zaborsky went upstairs and got the towel, come down to the second floor and handed the towel to Mr. Price and then was asked, “Have you gotten a towel?” as he was applying pressure. There’s no second towel; there’s no missing towel here. They’re talking about the same thing because Mr. Zaborsky is in transit when he’s talking to the 911 operator.”
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